Fire Alarm Mistakes: 3 Steps To Correcting Them And Keeping Your Family Safe

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For fire-related fatalities during 2009 through 2013, the National Fire Protection Association reported that only 40 percent of those homes had an operating smoke detector while 38 percent of the homes didn't even have one installed. In 21 percent of the cases, there was indeed a smoke alarm, but it was nonoperational. These are alarming statistics, as a large percentage of these deaths could have been prevented with a properly functioning fire alarm. Here are three steps you can take to ensure you aren't committing a mistake with your fire alarm operation:

Position Your Smoke Alarm So It Doesn't Annoy You.

One of the most annoying sounds in the world is when your fire alarm goes off for no reason. You want to make sure that there is one in the kitchen, but you hate it going off every time things get a little bit smoky. If this is a problem for you, think about where the smoke detector is located. Is it at least 10 feet away from the oven or any other cooking appliance? If not, the false alarms could be because the alarm is set too close. According to the City of Westchester, kitchen smoke detectors should be 10 feet away from your cooking appliances.

Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Passes the Test.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, smoke alarms should be tested on a monthly basis at minimum. The batteries should be replaced on a yearly basis. It is best to choose the same time of year to do this, such as daylight savings time, because this helps you remember it needs to be done and when it was done last. Some smoke alarms come with 10-year batteries that cannot be replaced. These batteries are made to last for as long as 10 years, but when that alarm chirps signaling that the battery is getting low, you need to replace that smoke alarm immediately.

Consider Using Interconnected Smoke Detectors.

While it is great for the smoke alarm to go off in the living room when there is a fire, it is better for all the fire alarms in the house to sound when one alarm is triggered. According to the City of Corpus Christi, interconnected smoke alarms are the best solution for the best protection for the entire family.  This helps to speed up the rate at which others in the home are notified of the potential hazard or fire in the home, allowing them more time to get out before the fire spreads rendering them unable to move from the room that they're in.

If you want to make sure your home and your family are safe, your best bet is to speak to a fire alarm monitoring company about your options. There are so many different types of fire alarm monitoring systems available today and a professional will be able to help you identify what is best for your individual situation and ensure that it is installed correctly.

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